World records returned to Jumabayeva – scandal extinguished

World records returned to Jumabayeva – scandal extinguished


The scandal, which flared up around the Turkmen weightlifter Yulduz Jumabayeva, was resolved.

Yesterday, Turkmen fans tore and threw, when the favorite of the public, Yulduz Jumabayeva, due to the mistake of one of the judges, had the lifting of 104 kg in the push and two junior world records not counted.

In the following approaches, psychologically exhausted because of the injustice of the judges, the athlete failed to lift 105 kg in her second, already redundant approach.

The Weightlifting Federation of Turkmenistan (TWF) did not give the athlete a grudge. An appeal was filed with the IWF, and the leaders of the international federation, judges, and other responsible persons, met at night for a long time, conducted something like an internal investigation in order to fully understand the situation.

And today they announced the decision, according to which the achievements of Yulduz Jumabayeva were recognized as valid. Thus, the Turkmen weightlifter deservedly took the second step of the podium, and also became the owner of two world records – in the push and in the sum of the raised weight.

Hearing this news, the tribunes rejoiced. The President of the Weightlifting Federation of Thailand and part-time IWF Honorary Member Intarat Jodbangtoya was disappointed with the decision of the jury, but could not fix it. The verdict was fair: silver medals in the push and overall standings from Thai weightlifter Chirafan Nansavong moved to the rising star (it is symbolic that this is the translation of the name Yulduz) of Turkmen sport Yulduz Jumabaeva.

Situations with judicial errors that arise for objective reasons, and sometimes for subjective motives, unfortunately, are not uncommon in big-time sports, as in other areas of activity. The human factor is difficult to exclude from our lives. That is why the world is gaining momentum in the movement, advocating the replacement of “imperfect” human arbiters with “perfect” robots or, at least, more extensive use of modern technical means to make an objective decision.

The experience of using video referees at the World Cup, which was held in Russia, which contributed to the resolution of several fundamental disputes, can be called successful.

But for weightlifters, the situation is more complicated, since the system is based on the transfer of an athlete along a whole chain of judges: from the one who accepts applications and redeclaration of the starting weight to the one who gives “white light” – counts the attempt as successful.

Perhaps in the future, fans of honest and pure sport will be able to figure out how to eliminate the human component from it. But so far it remains to rely on the conscience of the judges, their ability to admit their mistakes and, without delay, to correct them.

It is for this skill that the Turkmen fans now thank the representatives of the IWF, who gave the white light to the athlete from Turkmenistan Yulduz Jumabaeva.

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